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Common Law is pleased to announce that Perry Dellelce (LL.B. 1990), Alan D'Silva (J.D. 1987), Vahan Kololian (LL.B. 1979), Anne Levesque (LL.B. 2007), Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve (LL.B. 1989) will be inducted into the Common Law Honour Society at the annual Orientation Welcoming Luncheon on September 2, 2015.
These five individuals have used their legal education as a foundation for the achievement of great success in their chosen professions. They join a distinguished list of prior inductees, which can be viewed here.
Perry Dellelce (LL.B. 1990)
Perry Dellelce is a founder and Managing Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, one of Canada’s leading corporate finance law firms. He practises in the areas of securities, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Perry has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in the areas of technology transactions in the 2012-2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directories.
Mr. Dellelce received his B.A. from Western University, his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1992.
Mr. Dellelce has served on the boards of directors of various corporations and various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, including: Chair, Board of Directors of Sunnybrook Foundation; Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa; Business Advisory Council, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame; Board of Directors, Canadian Olympic Foundation; and Board of Directors of Canada newest stock exchange, the Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc.
Mr. Dellelce has also received many awards and recognitions for his community service, including: The Albert Citation and Purple and White Award, Western University; Distinguished Alumni Award for the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame; and Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario Business Excellence Award, Community Building Award.
Alan D'Silva (J.D. 1987)
Alan D'Silva completed his law degree at the University of Ottawa in 1987 and is currently a senior partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. Mr D'Silva has a diverse commercial litigation practice and is considered a leading litigation lawyer in Canada with expertise in a number of areas of law, including class actions, securities law and directors' and officers' liability.
Mr. D'Silva has extensive advocacy experience and has appeared before all levels of court, including appellate courts across Canada and ten cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals and has acted as a mediator, arbitrator and an expert witness in Canadian courts.
Mr. D'Silva is listed and recognized for his expertise in many Canadian and international legal, professional and peer review publications including Chambers, Lexpert, Benchmark Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He has served as an adjunct professor at three law schools (Ottawa, Toronto and Western). He also took time out of private practice to serve as Legal Counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Mr. D'Silva has been a board member, committee member and volunteer of various charitable or non-profit organizations. He is also founder and co-founder of several university scholarships.
Vahan Kololian (LL.B. 1979)
After completing his LL.B. at the University of Ottawa in 1979, and being called to the Bar in Ontario in 1981, Mr. Kololian joined the Corporate Finance/Investment Banking Group of Burns Fry (today BMO Nesbitt Burns). As a Partner and Director at Burns Fry and subsequently Gordon Capital, Vahan led transactions in public financing and M&A. In the early 1990’s Vahan turned towards venture capital and private equity, the investment area in which he directs TerraNova Partners today. He currently servces as TerraNova’s Managing Partner and also sits on various for-profit and not-for-profit boards of directors.
Vahan is engaged in community projects in education, healthcare, and the promotion of diversity in business and government. His interests include human rights and nation building projects in developing countries, in particular, Armenia. A passion of Vahan’s is conflict resolution relating to geopolitical conflicts, which led him to co-found the Mosaic Institute. He and his family have also established a scholarship at the University of Ottawa Law School for two international LL.M. candidates to be recruited from conflicting regions of the world.
Anne Levesque (LL.B. 2007)
Anne graduated from the French Common Law Program in 2007 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2008. She is currently co-director of the Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa, where she helped create and implement an innovative experiential learning program for law school graduates aiming to help them develop practical skills, foster community involvement and promote access to justice in French.
Anne is also a human rights lawyer who has worked with a wide range of equality seeking groups, legal clinics and not-for-profit organisations on test case litigation, interventions, appeals and law reform initiatives. She has been involved in litigating many issues of national importance such as the cut of the long-form census, Canadian liability for extraterritorial torture, equality in reproductive health, and the intimidation of dissenters by government. She is a strong supporter of the I am a Witness Campaign and is particularly proud to be one of the lawyers representing the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada in its historic human rights complaint filed with the Assembly of First Nations against the Government of Canada for providing discriminatory child welfare services to over 163 000 First Nations children living on reserve and for its failure to implement Jordan’s Principle. Anne is currently the Co-Chair of the National Association of Women and the Law, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and a member of the Board of Directors of the Court Challenges Program of Canada.
Anne taught Equality Law as a part-time professor for the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program and, as a Ricard Foundation Scholar, is currently completing her masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.
Lise Maisonneuve (LL.B. 1989)
The Honourable Lise Maisonneuve was appointed Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice effective May 4, 2015. She was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2003 and presided over criminal matters in the Ottawa area for 12 years, rising to the role of Regional Senior Judge, East Region in 2011 and then Associate Chief Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 2013, where she distinguished herself as a leader and innovator, responsible for court initiatives related to court modernization, judicial education, public legal education and addressing criminal court delay, among many others.
Chief Justice Maisonneuve graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School and was called to the Bar in 1991. Before joining the judiciary, she was a partner with the Ottawa firm of Carroll, Wallace and Maisonneuve, where she practiced criminal law. She was also a member of the Oversight Working Group for the Department of National Defence; Advisor to the Military Police and Investigative Services Reorganization Steering Committee and to the Military Police Services Review Group; Advisor to the Minister of National Defence’s Committee on Change in the Department of National Defence and Special Legal Advisor to the late Chief Justice of Canada Brian Dickson on various military investigations.
Common Law is pleased to announce that Karen Restoule (’12), May Cheng (’91), Hugh Verrier (’81), and Myles Kirvan (’79) will be inducted into the Common Law Honour Society at the annual Homecoming Gala Dinner on September 20, 2014.
Karen Restoule is a graduate of the Juris Doctor program, and is a social innovator who has worked towards the advancement of the rights of Indigenous citizens and communities for over 10 years. She currently oversees the Justice sector at the Chiefs of Ontario, leading a breadth of initiatives and legal efforts to bring justice to the 133 First Nations in Ontario.
During her time at the Law School, Ms. Restoule served as President of the Aboriginal Law Students Association for two consecutive terms and partnered with other student groups to foster an environment of respect and reconciliation. Following graduation she volunteered with Canadian Lawyers abroad where she successfully developed and delivered the first pilot of Dare to Dream , a justice education and mentoring program that engages Aboriginal youth and lawyers and law students.
More recently, Ms. Restoule has been working in her free time to establish Stronger Voices, a non-profit initiative to encourage civic engagement and open dialogue among First Nation communities on the role of the First Nation citizens in federal, provincial, and municipal politics.
May Cheng graduated from the French Common Law Program in 1991 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. She is currently a senior partner and Chair of the Intellectual Property Group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s Toronto office. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Intellectual Property Journal published by Federated Press and is recognized as an “IP Star 2014” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.
Ms. Cheng has played a leadership and fundraising role in seeking to right injustices using the legal system and grass roots support. As President and National Spokesperson for the Chinese Canadian National Council(CCNC) in 2000, she helped initiate a class action to seek redress for the Chinese Head Tax, raising awareness and public support for redress, that eventually culminated in an apology and redress from the Federal Government in 2006. Ms. Cheng’s work for the Chinese community has extended beyond the CCNC, and includes fundraising for the Asian Community Aids Services and the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care.
In 2010, Ms. Cheng began working with “the equality effect”, which seeks to advance the equality rights of women and girls in Africa by bringing innovative legal challenges seeking to recognize and enforce their rights. She has been instrumental in helping the equality effect raise much needed capital for its international legal work, through hosting fundraising events, networking and championing the “160 Girls” for multi-year sponsorship by law firms.
Hugh Verrier is the Chairman of White & Case LLP, where he directs the Firm’s strategy operations around the world. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading international project finance lawyers, and has been described in Chambers Global Directory as “a wise man and a gifted manager.”
After completing his LL.B. with the University of Ottawa in 1981, Mr.Verrier earned his LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 1982. He then clerked with Justice Bertha Wilson at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1982-1983. He has been called to the New York State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Verrier became a partner at White & Case, one of the world’s leading global law firms, in 1994. He was elected to the Firm’s global management in 2004 and has been Chairman of the Firm since 2007. He has spent most of his career overseas in Indonesia, Turkey and Russia, where his practice was focused on the development of natural resources.
Under Mr. Verrier’s leadership, White & Case has expanded its global reach and increased its global revenues to more than $1 billion, ranking it in the first tier of global law firms. The list of accolades earned by the firm under Mr. Verrier’s leadership includes American Lawyer’s Top US Law Firm in 2011, the Most Innovative US Firm in Europe in 2012, and a spot among the Top 5 Global Law Firms, also in 2012.
Myles Kirvan was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981 after completing his legal studies at the University of Ottawa (LL.B. 1979). From 2010 to 2012 he served as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute on Governance.
Mr. Kirvan has had a long and distinguished career in public service, beginning in 1991 when he served as General Counsel in the Department of Justice, Federal-Provincial Relations Office. He went on to serve the Department of Justice in various other capacities including Senior Advisor to the Associate Deputy Minister, Public Law; General Counsel, Dispute Resolution Services; Senior General Counsel, Legal Services, Health Canada; and from 2003-2007, Assistant Deputy Minister, Business and Regulatory Law. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety.
Prior to joining the Public Service of Canada, Mr. Kirvan served as an advisor to various Ministers. He served as Legislative Assistant to the Solicitor General of Canada; Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of National Revenue; Judicial Affairs Advisor and then Chief of Staff for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In 1993, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
Established in 2003, the Common Law Honour Society is the Common Law Section’s most prestigious alumni distinction. The inductees for 2013 are Josée Forest-Niesing (’88), Karin Galldin (’05) and the Honourable Charles Hackland (’75).
Josée Forest-Niesing was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990. She initially pursued a career in family law before expanding to the areas of estate law, real estate law, insurance law, civil litigation, education law and employment law.
She was approved by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to perform private adoptions, and appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court to serve on the Family Rules Committee for the province. She also served for 15 years as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court.
Her commitment towards access to justice in both official languages in Ontario and Canada has led to her active participation in a variety of organizations, including appointments as President of the Federation of Associations of French-Speaking Common Law Jurists (FAJEF) from 2009 to 2011; President of the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario (AJEFO) from 2002 to 2004; and Chair of the Official Languages Committee of the Ontario Bar Association from 2000 to 2002, among her many other appointments.
Karin Galldin, LL.B. 2005
Karin Galldin is a graduate of the combined LLB-MA in International Affairs program at the University of Ottawa, and is an established lawyer, advocate and feminist in professional and voluntary capacities.
Ms. Galldin has been lucky to work with her friends in founding and growing a feminist-identified law firm in Ottawa, Galldin Robertson. Her law firm has allowed her to work for the benefit of the community by supporting survivors of sexual violence and by partnering creatively with sex work advocates, women's groups, and the queer community in law reform activities.
Ms. Galldin actively mentors young women entering the profession through her practice, and also teaches Rights and Freedoms to undergraduate students in the Civil Law Section of the uOttawa Faculty of Law. She has participated on various community boards, including the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, Nelson House, Sexual Overtones and Canadians for Choice. She is currently pleased to be Project Director of the Canadian Bar Association's Legal Futures Initiative.
Hon. Charles T. Hackland, LL.B. 1975
Charles T. Hackland was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978 after completing his legal studies at the University of Ottawa (LL.B 1975) and Oxford University (B.C.L. 1977) and articling at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in October of 2003.
Prior to his appointment, he was a senior partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson (Ottawa) specializing in employment and administrative law and the defence of negligence claims on behalf of physicians and other professionals.
Justice Hackland was appointed Regional Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, East Region in May of 2008. In that capacity he oversees the administration of the Ontario Superior Court and its 10 Court sites and 45 judges in Eastern Ontario.
A co-founder of the “Montebello Conference,” Justice Hackland is a dedicated promoter of continuing legal education. He is also a frequent lecturer and friend of the law school.
This year’s inductees will be formally recognized at the 2013 Common Law Alumni Gala Dinner on September 28, 2013 at the Fairmont Château Laurier.
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Common Law Honour Society - 2012 Inductees
Hon. Lee K. Ferrier, LL.B. 1962
The Honourable Lee K. Ferrier currently works as a mediation and arbitration specialist at Neeson Arbitration Chambers in Toronto.
After graduating from the Faculty of Law in 1962, Mr. Ferrier became a partner in the firm of MacDonald and Ferrier from 1965 to 1986 and subsequently with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt when the two firms merged. While in practice, he was certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. In 1991, he was appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, where he served for 20 years.
Mr. Ferrier was a founding member of the Advocates’ Society in 1965, and the first uOttawa law graduate elected Treasurer of Law Society of Upper Canada, in 1988. He has also served as chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Ontario Family Law Section, the chair of the National Family Law Section and served on numerous committees, including for 10 years, as a member of the National Council of the CBA.
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of his graduation from law school.
Janice Payne, LL.B. 1974
Janice Payne is a partner at Nelligan O'Brien Payne, in Ottawa, where she has worked since her call to the Bar in 1976.
Ms. Payne is recognized across Canada as one of the leading employment law lawyers in the country, specializing in the non-unionized employment market. Under her leadership, Nelligan O’Brien Payne has represented groups in a number of high-profile insolvency matters. Throughout her career, she has also been at the forefront of the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution strategies.
In 2001, Ms. Payne was honoured for her pioneering role in the legal profession by the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, in recognition of her contributions to law, women in the profession, and to the community. She was later selected by her peers in law for the 2006 to 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada for Labour and Employment Law. In 2008, she was awarded the Businesswoman of the Year award, Professional Category, by the Women’s Business Network.
Recently, Ms. Payne has been participating in initiatives to raise awareness of mental illness, joining Women for Mental Health, a program of the Royal Ottawa Foundation.
André Marin, LL.B. 1989
André Marin was first appointed Ombudsman of Ontario in 2005, and was reappointed for a second five-year term in 2010. He is Ontario’s sixth Ombudsman.
Mr. Marin graduated from the Common Law National Program in 1989 after earning his civil law degree at the Faculty of Law in 1988. He worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Ottawa before becoming the Director of the Special Investigations Unit of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in 1996. He subsequently served as Canada’s first Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, beginning in 1998.
As Ontario’s Ombudsman, Mr. Marin has focused his office’s resources on high-profile, systemic investigations into issues that affect millions of Ontarians, several of which have resulted in dramatic government reforms. His reorganization of the Ombudsman’s office and its investigative teams has produced a model sought out by watchdog agencies from across Canada and around the world.
In 2011, Mr. Marin received the Order of Merit from the University of Ottawa’s Civil Law Section, and earlier in 2012 he was honoured with the Ontario Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the Canadian Bar Association’s John Tait Award of Excellence for public service.
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Common Law Honour Society - 2011 inductees
Karin Wells LL.B. 1974
Iconoclastic documentary maker for CBC radio, broadcast worldwide; has worked in 35 countries, usually alone; recognized by UN for war crimes trial reporting, Sierra Leone; CBC national radio host; respected writer; outspoken social justice advocate.
Michael Edelson LL.B. 1975
Respected defence counsel practising criminal and regulatory litigation; co-founder, uOttawa Summer Community Legal Clinic; past president, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa; repeatedly voted by peers to “Best Lawyers” list; frequent lecturer.
Jean-Paul (J-P.) Bisnaire LL.B. 1976
Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel at Manulife Financial; director of McCain Foods and the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board; teacher of securities regulation at uOttawa, Common Law.
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Common Law Honour Society – 2010 Inductees
Terence P. Badour (LL.B. 1984)
Corporate counsel; a specialist in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law; recognized as a leader in the global hospitality industry and as one of Canada’s leading general counsels and deal makers.
Penny Hossack Collenette (LL.B. 1991)
Leader and innovator whose influential reach spans the worlds of public policy, business and academia; former Senior Director, Prime Minister's Office; Vice President, George Weston Ltd.; Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government; valued teacher, mentor and advocate.
David Nahwegahbow (LL.B. 1980)
Anishinabe/Ojibway, Whitefish River First Nation; Indigenous rights lawyer; awarded “Indigenous Peoples Counsel” designation by Indigenous Bar Association (2003); National Aboriginal Achievement Award recipient for Law and Justice (2008); Lifetime Achievement Award from Anishinabek Nation (2008).
Aissa Nauthoo (LL.B. 2002)
Legal Director of the only Francophone legal clinic in Toronto, practising immigration and poverty law; dedicated to defending linguistic rights of Francophones subject to trial; founding member of the first Francophone women’s shelter in Toronto.
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T. Gregory Kane (LL.B. 1969)
First alumnus to volunteer with the Canadian University Service Overseas (Ghana); recognized domestically and internationally for expertise in telecommunications law; volunteer and philanthropist in support of the arts, education and medicine.
Hon. Monique Métivier (LL.B. 1977)
Teacher, broadcaster, lawyer, judge; coordinated the establishment of the Unified Family Court; first woman appointed as Regional Senior Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, East Region; visiting professor, dedicated friend of the Faculty.
Lawrence Greenspon (LL.B. 1978)
Human rights lawyer practicing criminal and civil litigation; past President Defence Counsel Association Ottawa, REACH, Snowsuit Fund, CAYFO; recipient CCLA Gordon Henderson Award; United Way Community Builder of the Year.
Claudette Commanda (LL.B. 1997)
Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation; grandmother; orator, activist committed to advocating First Nations rights; Professor & Chair of Aboriginal Education Council uOttawa, promoting First Nation people, culture and education.
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Common Law Honour Society - 2008 Inductees
Rose-Marie Perry (LL.B. 1960)
Common Law Section’s first woman graduate, involved in all aspects of intellectual property, innovator in trade mark harmonization and legislation, active in many charitable and community projects.
Michael Chambers (LL.B. 1973)
Dedicated litigator, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, advocate of the Olympic Movement in Canada, key role securing for Canada the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Maureen McTeer (LL.B. 1977)
Founding member of the National Association Women & Law, international advocate for women’s equality & health as a human right, political candidate, medical law expert, successful author.
Shirley Heafey (LL.B. 1991)
Two-term Chair and CEO of the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP, respected internationally for expertise in civilian oversight of police forces, defender of human rights and civil liberties.
Michelle Flaherty (LL.B. 1998)
Socially-progressive litigator, expert in employment, labour, and human rights law, mentor to law students and young lawyers, valued contributor to the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program.
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Common Law Honour Society - 2007 Inductees
Bruce Carr-Harris (LL.B. 1975)
Ronald Caza (LL.B. 1987)
Howard Hampton (LL.B. 1983)
Susan Haslip (LL.B. 1998)
M. Bernard Syron (LL.B. 1966)
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Common Law Honour Society - 2006 Inductees
Murray Costello (LL.B. 1977)
Mary Gusella (LL.B. 1977)
Robert Pitfield (LL.B. 1981)
Nicole LaViolette (LL.B. 1996)
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Common Law Honour Society - 2005 Inductees
Allan R. O’Brien (LL.B. 1973)
Hon. Paul S. Rouleau (LL.B. 1977)
Dr. John R. Rudolph (LL.B. 1990)
Annamie Paul (LL.B. 1995)
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Common Law Honour Society - 2004 Inductees
Hon. Jean-Marc Labrosse (LL.B. 1960)
Margaret A. Ross (LL.B. 1974)
Hon. Dalton J.P. McGuinty (LL.B. 1981)
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Common Law Honour Society - 2003 Inductees
David W. Scott (LL.B. 1960, DU 2001)
Hon. James B. Chadwick (LL.B. 1962)
Hon. Allan Rock (LL.B. 1971)
Sheila R. Block (LL.B. 1972)
Gabriel Tsampalieros (décédé/deceased) (LL.B. 1973)
Hon. Louise V. Charron (LL.B. 1975)
Peggy Mason (LL.B. 1975)
Shirley Greenberg (LL.B. 1976, DU 2003)
Hon. John Manley (LL.B. 1976, DU 1998)
Margaret Bloodworth (LL.B. 1977)
Hon. Michel Bastarache (LL.B. 1978, DU 98)
Hon. Alban Garon (décédé/deceased) (LL.B. 1980)
Jay S. Hennick (LL.B. 1981)
Camille Nelson (LL.B. 1994)
Hon. Paul Okalik (LL.B. 1997)
Common Law Honour Society 2017 Call for Nominations
Do you know a uOttawa Common Law graduate whose excellence in their field and commitment to their community should be recognized by induction into the Common Law Honour Society? Established in 2003, the Common Law Honour Society is our most prestigious alumni distinction.